Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund
The Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund is in memory of our longtime friend, creative artist and admired Studio Art Director who passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014 after a serious illness. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the artists, students and colleagues she touched at the Richmond Art Center and in the Richmond community.
To commemorate her extraordinary life and her contributions, the Art Center and her family have set up the Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund, which will provide kids and teens with need-based scholarships to take our classes and workshops. Donations can be made online, by phone at 510.620.6772 or by mail at: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804. Make checks payable to ‘Richmond Art Center,’ and please add Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund to the notes section of your check.
We count ourselves extremely lucky and honored to have known Kato since she became part of the Center in 2005. Her incredible energy, boundless enthusiasm and welcoming spirit permeated our hallways and flowed beyond our walls into the community. Kato was a natural leader, a passionate community builder, an inspiring artist and teacher, and a trusted friend and colleague.
Under her leadership this past decade, thousands of adults, teens and children from all across the Bay Area came to the Art Center to experience our engaging art programs. Knowledgeable and inspiring as an arts administrator, Kato designed most of our current studio classes and workshops, building a unique community of artist instructors along the way. Kato also conceived Skeletonfest and Upcycle, our free art-making events for families, and helped develop our art tours for K-12 students. The vibrancy of so many of our programs is due to Kato’s extraordinary commitment and generosity and unwavering dedication to ensuring art remains accessible, affordable and fun.
Kato was also an accomplished artist. She earned a BA in studio arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA from Johnson State College in conjunction with the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings, drawings and installations were shown in numerous group and individual exhibitions in California, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C. Before working at the Richmond Art Center, Kato served on the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission and the Public Art Advisory Committee.
Throughout her life, Kato’s work touched the lives of so many people. Besides teaching at the Richmond Art Center, Kato taught children and adults in the Bay Area and Vermont, including locally at Arts Benicia and School of the Madeleine Elementary. Over the years, she mentored numerous interns, assistants, teens and young adults seeking a career in the arts.
Kato’s contributions to the Art Center and the Richmond community will be enjoyed for generations to come.